Monday, January 17, 2011

"Ruin is the road to transformation"

Yes, I chose to title this post based on a quote I heard in the sappy movie, "Eat, Pray, Love."  Some Saturday nights are best spent in the comfort of one's own studio apartment ordering movies and drinking red wine.

While there have been numerous times where my life has felt as if it were in "ruins," the one thing that has always helped me transform into something greater is running.  Aside from all the stringent training that can sometimes be overbearing, running gives me a certain balance.  Problems don't seem as impudent after a run.  My head becomes clearer, my feet become lighter, and all of the day's worries are forgotten, even if only for the time it takes me to run 5 miles. 

This is not to say that running cures all the ruin in one's life; however, it can transform you in ways that no amount of therapy or prescription drugs can.  Plus, the word "run" is in the word, "ruin," which proves my point entirely...

While I'm transforming my body into pre-marathon training mode, my weekly mileage continues to increase.  Here are this week's stats:

Julia Roberts makes yoga look so easy...
Monday: 3.5 miles on the treadmill, average about 8:00 pace; weights class for one hour.  My normal instructor sprained his ankle, so we had a substitute for my total body conditioning class.  It was still a great workout, but he repeated the same circuit three times, and I got bored.
Tuesday: Did 45 minutes of yoga.  I always feel great afterwards, but I still hate yoga.  I've thought about going to a "real" class, but at $15 a session, it's hard to justify the money when I can do it free at home.  Or at my gym...ughhh...thinking about yoga makes me tired.

Wednesday: A snow day from work! Got outside for a 4 mile run, then went and bought some of my favorite Balega running socks (which now come in cute colors!)

Thursday: Beer runners! Having missed my bus, I sprinted like a bat-out-of-hell to the opposite end of town, caught another bus and barely made it in time to meet some friends.  Overall, a bitter cold 8 miles.  However, the delish beer at the bar afterwards made up for all my hard work. 

Friday: DAY OFF. 

Saturday: Took my new Nike Lunar Elites out for 6 miles.  Not a great shoe, and a rather painful run at a 7:50 pace.

Sunday: Another day of yoga...30 minutes was all I could get through.  Seriously, does anyone have tips on how to enjoy yoga?  I desperately need to do limbs are very un-Gumby-like.

Week Total: 21.5 miles

I'd like to get a base of 30 miles before I begin marathon training in early March.  I'm still debating on whether to run 3 days a week or 4 days during my training.  Which marathon programs have you used and found successful? 


  1. I heart running :) You should really try a yoga class if you can - it's a different experience compared with doing it by yourself, and getting into a different environment helps a lot!

    I like making up my own training plans, making sure to get in weekly speedwork, some races and three 20 milers.

  2. I love the new direction of your blog! It's inspiring. Coming from one yoga-lover: I would try a studio. Sometimes you can get a beginners pass to try things out- like a $10 deal for a week of as many classes you want. That way you can at least experience a good, authentic class and see if it's something you want to do more of. In Philly, Dyana Yoga is supreme.

  3. @S: Thanks! I've tried Dhyana before and love it! They do have passes, so perhaps I'll have to splurge for one.

  4. Try yoga at PSC. I like going to a studio better, but since I pay for a gym membership, I try to use the it. I've taken the Tuesday at 5:30 class. It's not too bad and it's only an hour. If you take it, the class faces the side mirrors. The first time I went, I was sitting next to the teacher - oops!
    PS - Hi! I'm liking the blog.

  5. @Taralyn - Thanks! I know...I should go to the class at PSC. I think I'll suck it up and try it next week.